Green was a very senior republican who belonged to a thoroughly republican family.
He was convicted for the murder of a police officer and according to the West Belfast Sinn Fein website:
Lurgan man Leo Green went without food for 53 days during the 1980 hunger strike. He is currently working as part of Sinn Fein's Assembly support team at Stormont. Leo was arrested in 1977 and sentenced to life imprisonment. He spent over 17 years in prison.
But back to Leo Green himself.
Leo Green was at the very heart of the republican movement but has now resigned from the party. Was his resignation due to a personal dispute or an issue of policy or is it part of a wider unrest in the ranks of republicanism?
Perhaps journalists will now question Sinn Fein and Leo Green himself about his departure and the reasons for it. We could expect that Monday's newspapers will carry extensive coverage of the resignation of such a senior party member but full scrutiny and analysis but then that may be too much to expect. You can well imagine the coverage there would be if a senior party member resigned from the DUP and indeed we have seen the coverage when significant figures have left other parties. Even a minor difference within another party can merit a full page or more in a tabloid newspaper. So how much coverage will the resignation of Leo Green receive?
Earlier this week Sinn Fein moved quickly to remove from their websites a number of articles about Sinn Fein Councillor Catherine Seeley - I wonder how long the interview with Leo Green, from which I quoted, will stay on their website.